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Wednesday, May 21 2014 05:02 AM

Fire Department to host interagency drill on June 5

Kern County Fire Department

On Thursday, June 5 the Kern County Fire Department will host the Southern California Interagency NVGFire Suppression Drill in the Greater Tehachapi area. Kern County Fire Department, Orange County Fire Authority, Los Angeles City Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Ventura County Sheriff, San Bernardino County Sheriff/Fire, and the US Forest Service will have aircraft participating in the drill.

The drill will begin at 2 p.m. with aircraft arriving at Tehachapi Municipal Airport, the drill helibase. The airport's east ramp will be closed to other aircraft and access will be limited to drill participants, fire service observers, and support staff only.

Aircraft will conduct area familiarization flights in the afternoon and commence fire suppression operations at approximately 8:45 p.m., completing the drill at approximately 1 a.m. On Friday, June 6.

Fire suppression apparatus, including crews, engines, and dozers will be stationed at the burn site on Cummings Ranch. Helicopters will fly circuits from the helibase to the tank-fill site near Brite Lake, to the fire on Cummings Ranch, drop their water and return to the Helibase.

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